The LexisNexis Insurance Law Center Advisory Board is comprised of distinguished insurance industry experts from around the country
William T. Barker is a partner in the Chicago office of SNR Denton, with a nationwide practice representing insurers in complex litigation, including matters relating to coverage, claims handling, sales practices, risk classification and selection, agent relationships, and regulatory matters. He is the co-author (with Ronald D. Kent) of New Appleman Insurance Bad Faith Litigation, Second Edition,and author or co-author of chapters of New Appleman on Liability Insurance, Second Edition and New Appleman on Insurance Law, Library Edition. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition and a Consulting Author of the New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide. He is an Advisor to the American Law Institute project on Principles of Liability Insurance and a member of the Institute. He has published over 100 articles and speaks frequently on insurance and litigation subjects. He was a Contributing Editor and then Editor of Bad Faith Law Report until that publication merged with Insurance Litigation Reporter, where he is currently Senior Contributing Editor and Editorial Board Director. He has been described as the leading lawyer commentator on the connections between procedure and insurance. See Charles Silver & Kent Syverud, The Professional Responsibilities of Insurance Defense Lawyers, 45 Duke L.J. 255, 257 n.4 (1995).
Carrie E. Cope is a shareholder in the law firm of Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C. She is head of the firm’s regulatory and management liability claims monitoring and coverage consulting practice areas. She is the author of the chapters on the Regulation of Policy Forms - New Appleman on Insurance Law, Library Edition (LexisNexis 2009) and Understanding Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance, Chapter 37 - Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide (LexisNexis 2008), as well as other Appleman’s publications, including the Update to Essentials of Insurance Law – New Appleman on Insurance Law, Library Edition, Vol. 2 (LexisNexis 2010), pertaining to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. She is also the co-author of Directors' and Officers' Liability: Exposures, Risk Management and Insurance Coverage - National Underwriter (December 2008).
Daniel W. Gerber chairs Goldberg Segalla’s Global Insurance Practice Group across the firm’s ten offices in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut. He maintains an international practice in complex insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes. In addition, he advises insurance and reinsurance companies on the effective use of social media platforms and the mitigating risks associated with these strategies. Mr. Gerber has authored several chapters on discovery in insurance litigation, as well as risk shifting issues. He is an author for Appleman on Insurance (Third Edition) and New Appleman's Insurance Law Practice Guide, as well as being a regular contributor to Mealey’s Emerging Insurance Disputes. Mr. Gerber is the editor of the Insurance and Reinsurance Report blog, and is the current chair of the Insurance and Reinsurance Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel. He also chairs the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Counsel Task Force as well as its Social Media Task Force. He has served on DRI’s Annual Meeting Steering Committee, and is currently the Chair of DRI’s Insurance Roundtable. He has been appointed Vice-Chair of DRI’s Life Health and Disability Committee. In addition, Mr. Gerber is the past Chair of the 3,000 member Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar, and has served in the New York State Bar House of Delegates. He is a US ARIAS certified arbitrator, possesses an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, a Super Lawyer designation from Law & Politics Magazine, and has been named by his peers to Business First's Who's Who in Law. Mr. Gerber is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, as well as all federal and state courts in New York and Pennsylvania.
Jim Poolman was elected North Dakota Insurance Commissioner in 2000, and overwhelmingly reelected in 2004. While Insurance Commissioner, he was an outspoken leader at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, serving as their Vice-President, Chairman of the Midwestern Zone, Chairman of the Life Insurance and Annuities Committee, Executive Committee on Principles Based Reserving, Chairman of the Producer Licensing Working Group; amongst a host of other leadership posts. In North Dakota he was instrumental in preserving a competitive marketplace while passing very important consumer protections ranging in areas from privacy of consumers' medical and financial information, suitability in annuity sales, restrictions on the use of claims information, insurance fraud and life settlements, amongst others. Mr. Poolman has been a sought after speaker on numerous insurance topics around the country. In August of 2007, Mr. Poolman resigned his post to start an independent regulatory consulting practice based in Bismarck, North Dakota. Mr. Poolman received his bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of North Dakota in 1992. Mr. Poolman also served four terms in the North Dakota House of Representatives before being elected Insurance Commissioner.
Jeffrey W. Stempel, the Doris S. & Theodore B. Lee Professor of Law, teaches legal ethics, civil procedure, insurance, and contracts at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is the author or co-author of many law journal articles and six previous books, including Fundamentals of Litigation Practice (2010), Fundamentals of Pretrial Litigation (7th ed. 2008), Stempel on Insurance Contracts (3d ed. 2006) and Foundations of the Law (1994). A member of the bar in both Minnesota and Nevada, he serves on the State Bar of Nevada Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and served on the Bar=s Ethics 2000 Committee. Prior to joining the UNLV law faculty in 1999, he taught at Florida State University College of Law and Brooklyn Law School and has been a practicing attorney and judicial clerk. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the Yale Law School.
Jeffrey E. Thomas , Associate Dean, Professor of Law, and the Daniel L. Brenner Faculty Scholar at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, never took Insurance Law at UC Berkeley School of Law, but he has spent the better part of his career working in that field after finishing his judicial clerkship with a Federal judge in Hartford, Connecticut in 1987. He was mentored by Thomas W. Johnson, Jr., at Irell & Manella, who was one of early lawyers to build a sophisticated insurance coverage practice representing policyholders. Although Dean Thomas enjoyed a successful practice, he left Irell & Manella for the freedom and satisfaction of an academic career. After a year as a Bigelow Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, he joined the faculty at University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law in 1993.
Dean Thomas has a national and international reputation in the field of Insurance Law. His work has been published in academic journals in the U.S., Europe, China, Thailand and India. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the New Appleman on Insurance Library Edition, and is co-author (with Professor Alan Widiss) of the three-volume treatise on Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Insurance. He was recently elected to membership in the American Law Institute, and was invited to be an Adviser on the Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance project.
His most recent articles have been about the insurance in the context of the financial crisis (Insurance Perspectives on Federal Financial Regulatory Reform: Addressing Misunderstandings and Providing a View from a Different Paradigm, 55 Vill. L. Rev. 773 (2010)) and insurance law in a comparative context (Insurance Law Between Business Law and Consumer Law, 58 Am. J. Comp. L. 351 (2010)). A listing of additional publications can be seen here and additional papers can be seen at his SSRN author page.
As an academic hobby, Dean Thomas writes about law and popular culture. He is the co-editor of the book The Law and Harry Potter published in 2010 by Carolina Academic Press. He also recently wrote a chapter on the television show the practice in the book Lawyers in your Living Room!, published by the ABA.
Dean Thomas and his family enjoy traveling, and his academic career has presented the opportunity to live in China and in Russia as a Fulbright Fellow, and to travel and work in a number of other countries.
Dean Thomas also has a passion for chocolate. In his opinion, the best chocolates in the world are made by La Maison du Chocolate. The most inventive chocolates are at Vosges Haut-Chocolate He recommends the Red Fire, Naga, Black Pearl and the Oaxaca bars and the Taleggio cheese, Balsamico and Absinthe truffles. He has been making his own chocolate truffles for over 25 years; his most recent experiments were with raspberry and ginger. Not quite up to the standards of La Maison or Vosges, but not bad for an amateur.